Make a Tiled Garden Container Planter for Frugal Upscale Decor

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I had never tiled anything before but I saw a gorgeous tiled garden container that was $200 at an upscale nursery and knew I had to try to replicate the effect at home. In this post I transformed a $12 wooden garden container into a similar look for just another $50.
The gorgeous wood with the brown and golden tiles looked amazing with the fall perennials I added to the container. I was shocked how easy it was to put this whole thing together. Total of $62.
This simple wooden container was transformed into upscale garden and porch decor with $20 worth of tiles. Stunning transformation. It's planted with a Japanese barberry and bright orange violas for a fiery fall color scheme.
We started with a cheap, wooden planter from the clearance section. Choose something with smooth sides. It took two square feet of tiles to cover this planter.
We used liquid nail adhesive that we had on hand to stick the tiles down. I cut them with about a 1/4 tile overlapping the edge. Thankfully the gaps between the tiles allowed enough wiggle room to work them in without problem.
What really added a lot to this project, in my opinion, is that we used a colored grout for in between the tiles. The creamy tan blended with the tiles and the wood of the container much better than a bright white would have.
These bright orange violas will tolerate the cool weather of fall and contrast beautifully with the dark wood of the container. They also contrast nicely with the upright growth and burgundy foliage of the Japanese barberry.

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  • Helene Rodgville
    on Jul 20, 2018

    Earlier today I saw a pallet that you made into a stenciled wall in shades of blue. Would you mind sharing it with me? I can’t seem to find it. Love your rejects. You’ve inspired me. Thanks. Helene

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  • LeeAnn
    on Jan 11, 2019

    I just got two fresh pallets. I knew I wanted to make something special for my monkey.between this and the woman asking about your blue pallet. You two have given me something to make that will be jaw dropping gorgeous (she will cry) and will stand the test of time. Like our friendship. Thank you

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